Bio122, Human Biology

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Bio122, Human Biology

    Bio122, Human Biology

    Syllabus, Fall 2009

    Patientia Vincit

Instructor: Yinsheng Wan, Ph.D. Albertus Magnus 318C Office Phone 865-2507,

    Hickey Lab Phone 865-1636,


Textbook: Michael Johnson, Human Biology, 2009 Edition, Benjamin Cummings

Classroom: Albertus Magnus 137, TR, 11:30-12:45

Brief Course Description:

    This non-major introductory biology course is intended to present the basic

    principles and concepts of human biology in a manner designed to stimulate students’ curiosity and promote their understanding of the human body and its interaction with the

    environment. Subject matter will provide students with the knowledge and ability to

    make informed decisions in their future lives. The course will also consider cell theory,

    genetics, evolution, and human ecology, followed by a detailed analysis of the various

    organ systems of the human body and their diseases, disorders, and the aging process.

    Contemporary topics in biology and medicine will be emphasized. Updated information

    pertinent to human biology will be discussed prepared or improvised.

    Course Grade Distribution: Exam I, 40%; Exam II, 40%; Unannounced Quiz, 20%.

    Attending class is a responsibility of a student. Studying is your job. I will cover

    updated information pertinent to human biology sometimes improvised. Unannounced

    Quizzes are to ensure attendance and to help you to remember those issues that may not

    be covered in the book.


    At the end of this course, students are expected 1) to understand the structure and

    functions of human body, 2) to be able to read/digest articles in professional journals

    pertinent to human biology, 3) to be able to present his or her work in a professional way.


    Academic Honesty Policy

    As a student at Providence College or other colleges or universities or later in your life,

    you are expected to follow the standards of intellectual and academic integrity. We

    expect you to adhere to the level of honesty as outlined again below. Please refrain from

    dishonorable or unethical behavior in all courses including this one.

    A. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is taking another person’s work and calling it your own.

    Plagiarism includes any paraphrasing or summarizing of the works of another

    person without recognition, including the submitting of another student’s work as

    your own. Plagiarism can involve a failure to reference a source of information in

    a paper or report the quotation of the paragraphs, sentences, or phrases written by

    someone else. Any information taken from the Internet without properly

    referencing the source is considered plagiarism. The students are responsible for

    understanding the rules of use for sources, the appropriate ways to reference

    sources, and the consequences of plagiarism.

    B. Cheating on exams: Cheating on exams or quizzes involves giving or receiving

    help during the exam. Examples of such help include the use of notes, computer

    based resources, books, or “crib sheets” during an examination (unless

    specifically approved by a faculty member), or sharing answers with another

    student during an exam. Other examples include allowing another student to view

    your own exam or quiz.

    C. Unauthorized collaboration: Submission for credit of a report or a paper as your

    own work, which has been written in collaboration with another individual is not

    allowed. It is also a violation of academic honesty knowingly to provide such help.

    Collaborative work specifically authorized by a faculty member is allowed. D. Falsification: It is wrong to misrepresent or falsify data generated in the

    laboratory portion of the class. You are expected to report the date as it is

    regardless of whether it “fits” into the expected outcomes of the laboratories.

    E. Multiple submissions: It is a violation of academic honesty to submit the same or

    substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once unless the faculty

    member(s) to whom the material is submitted for additional credit allows it. In

    cases in which there is a progression of research in a lab or course, use of prior

    work may be allowed or required; however, the student is responsible for

    indicating in writing that the new work is cumulative.

Penalties for failure to adhere to academic policy:

    A. Exams or Quizzes: For the first offense, the student will receive a zero for the assignment. If a student aids another student during the exam, both parties will

    receive a zero. For the second offense, the student will receive an F for the course.

    B. Lab reports or papers: For the first offense, the student will be asked to rewrite the assignment after a meeting with the appropriate faculty member in the course and

    will receive a “late” penalty of one letter grade. For the second offense, the student

    will receive a zero for the assignment. For any subsequent offense, the student will

    receive an F for the course.


    Tentative Lecture Schedule

    Date Lectures Remarks/relevance Sept. 8 Chapter 1, Human Biology, Science and Society

    Sept. 10 Chapter 2, The chemistry of living things Molecules Sept. 15 Chapter 3, Structure and function of cells Cells Sept. 17 Chapter 4, From cells to organ systems Tissues and Systems Sept. 22 Chapter 5, The skeleton system Bones Sept. 24 Chapter 6, The muscular system Muscles Sept. 29 Chapter 7, Blood Circulation Oct. 1 Chapter 8, Heart and blood vessels Cardiovascular System Oct. 6 Chapter 9, The immune system and mechanisms of Defense/Aids


    Oct. 8 Chapter 10, The respiratory system: Exchange of Asthma


     Oct. 20 Chapter 11, Nervous system: integration and control Alzheimer’s Oct. 22 Midterm Exam Close Book Oct. 27 Chapter 12, Sensory system Pain and wound healing Oct. 29 Chapter 13, The endocrine system Hormones and HRT Nov. 3 Chapter 14, The digestive system and nutrition Food and colon cancer Nov. 5 Chapter 15, The urinary system Prostate cancer Nov. 10 Chapter 16, Reproductive systems Stem cells Nov. 12 Chapter 17, Cell reproduction and differentiation

    Nov. 17 Chapter 18, Cancer Tumor development Nov. 19 Chapter 19, Genetics and inheritance Genetic diseases Nov. 24 Chapter 20, DNA technology and engineering GMO Dec. 1 Chapter 21, Development and Aging Anti-aging issues Dec. 3 Chapter 22, Evolution and the origins of life God vs Evolution Dec. 8 Chapter 23, Ecosystem and Population The planet Dec. 10 Chapter 24, Human Impacts, Biodiversity and Terra incognita

    Environmental Issues

    Dec. 18, Friday Final Exam 1:30-3:30pm


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